We all love our hairs so much, no matter how it looks or what is the type. The feeling “yes, it is there!” is so satisfactory.
Only a person who is going through a major hair loss can relate to the above lines. Come on guys, I know you will agree with me when I say that hair loss is heartbreaking.
No matter how good or bad type of hair we have. We always love to style them and always in search of products and methods which can make our hair look beautiful and healthy.
But hair fall is something we all deal with at some point, and if we do not recognise the reasons behind the hair fall, if we do not pay attention to the constant hair fall then it can lead to major hair loss and that’s too most probably on a permanent basis.
So to understand the nature of hair fall, you need to know the hair life cycle.
There are three phases of the hair life cycle: Anagen, Catagen and Telogen.
Anagen (Growth phase) is the phase in which the hair grows, this stage lasts for 1-4 years, our hair grows 1cm per month on an average.
Catagen (Resting phase) is the second phase in which hair stops growing and remains in this phase for 3-4 weeks.
The final phase is Telogen (Shedding phase) in which hairs do not grow at all and stay attached to hair follicles for about good 3 months. Then after this time period, hair falls when we brush them. The ratio of hair growth and shedding phase remains 90:10.
It means 90 per cent of our total hair remains in the growth phase and 10 per cent of our total hairs remains in the shedding phase.
Therefore, if approximately 80 hair strands are falling in a day then its okay, you should not worry and keep focusing on a healthy diet and lifestyle.
The whole hair life cycle occurs almost 30 times in a person’s life.
But what if the hair fall is excessive and you have noticed a problematic amount of hair loss in the matter of few years or months?
In this case my friends, there is something which is affecting your hair life cycle really bad and causing you the hair loss at a young age.
Eight reasons behind the drastic hair loss could be these:
Excessive styling can badly affect your hairs. Chemical treatments, hair weaving, tight braids, frequent use of curling rods and straightening tools can cause a permanent hair loss. DO NOT use any treatments or styling methods which harms your hair roots.
Try to limit the use of styling tools to once a week, invest in quality hair oils which nourishes your hair roots, always use hair conditioner so that your hairs don’t get tangled often and easily. Let your hair dry naturally.
Lack of nutrition can be a potential reason for hair fall as hair roots need proper nutrition to persist. When your body goes through iron deficiency, it gets unable to produce the healthy amount of haemoglobin in the blood. And it leads to Anemia; a phase when blood doesn’t have enough healthy Red Blood Cells (RBC).
Meantime, haemoglobin is the iron-containing oxygen-transport metalloprotein in the red blood cells. So if the count of RBC reduces (which means a lesser amount of haemoglobin), the hair follicles receive the less oxygen and iron and it leads to poor hair growth.
And Anemia is a state which not only negatively affect your hairs but also causes other health-related issues such as pale skin, dizziness, headache, weakness & fatigue.
Anemia does not cause severe hair loss but it can definitely worsen the problematic hair fall situation.
But do not worry as this is not a permanent problem as you always can start eating healthy. To deal with such a situation immediately, take help of the doctor.
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When your body goes through any kind of shock or accident or simply a physical illness, that physical state affects the hair cycle and pushes more hair strands in Telogen state.
But as soon as you recover from the physical stress or illness, the hair cycle also gets back to normal. So, this type of hair fall is temporary. The hair fall time period totally depends on your physical stress period.
Pregnancy is a very relatable example of physical stress because, during pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many changes and hormones imbalance. And during delivery, the body goes through extreme physical stress.
So in that case, most of the women go through excessive hair fall post-delivery, but as soon as the body recovers and if women follow a healthy diet, the hair condition also gets back to normal.
Lack of protein:
Proteins are very essential for our body. In fact, hairs are also made of a protein called keratin. So, if you do not get a proper protein intake then your body will shut the hair growth (will push the hair in resting phase aka Catagen phase) and will save the protein to repair and replenish the body. Which means no hair growth.
Therefore, always make sure you add an adequate amount of protein in your diet in the form of milk, yoghurt, cheese, beans, white-meat, soy, seafood etc.
Lack of B Vitamins:
These vitamins are best known for hair growth. These help in creating the red blood cells which carry nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicle and scalp.
Therefore, if you are not eating the food which is rich with B Vitamins then you may suffer hair loss and slow hair growth.
You can complete the B Vitamins intake with food like almonds, dark leafy veggies, whole grains, red meat, fish, and eggs.
Excess consumption of Vitamin A:
Though Vitamin A is essential for healthy hairs, yet excessive consumption of anything always causes harms. Same goes for edible things too.
If one consumes too much Vitamin A then it can cause harmful effects on the hair life cycle such as excess Vitamin A will fasten your hair lifecycle which means the hair will reach the Telogen phase real soon.
That’s why do not overconsume anything. If you think you need Vitamin supplements then consult with a doctor.
The thyroid gland produces the hormones which are responsible for regulating body temperature, metabolism, body growth and heart rate. Having underactive thyroid gland leads to the health issue called Hypothyroidism. In this state, the gland produces fewer hormones which cause hair loss not only on the scalp but on all over the body also.
On contrary, if the thyroid gland becomes overactive then it causes hair thinning that’s too on all over the scalp.
Fortunately, most of the hair loss caused by thyroid hormones are reversible, so once your thyroid gland is secreting the balanced amount of hormones, you can get your hairs back.
Dramatic weight loss:
With sudden weight loss, our body goes through a physical trauma and lack of nutrition (if weight loss caused by a crazy dieting period). And this ultimately leads to temporary hair loss. It is a physical stress kind of situation so when your body gets back to the healthy state again, your hair may also grow back by the time.
You can prevent the hair fall by following a healthy diet and right weight loss programme.
These are some potential reasons which can be responsible for the tragic hair loss. Therefore, it is very important to follow healthy eating habits and healthy lifestyle routine. If you will stay healthy from the inside then it will surely reflect on outside too.
Make sure you observe every reason causing hair fall and get rid of them by implementing favourable changes in your diet and day to day routine.
I hope this blog post helped in your hair fall struggle and gave you the right direction to work for the hair growth cycle. If you guys have any other hair related issue, then do comment below- I would love to answer those queries.